David Hernick

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I have been thinking about a lot of these concepts as well.  I have been reading Tending the Wild by Kat Anderson, and what I will reference is that the book provides a lot of evidence of the management of land by indigenous/native Californians creating an environment with open views, such that early western accounts of California describe it as being very "Park-like".  I have had goats and they help with clearing but they do not remove brush and you need to clear areas for fencing, even electric fencing.  I am hoping to get approval through the city of Oakland, adopt a spot, to do some removal of scotch broom and clearing of brush into hugel like mounds in a nearby park that had burnt 3 times in the mid 1900s.  Thornless noples (prickly pear) and some agaves are all I think will stick before the buried wood mounds are ready to plant.  Live oaks and chaparral plants are tolerant of some fire or fire adapted.  The book talks about the native Californian managed fires as being slow moving and close to the ground with isolated more intense fire, which served a very positive purpose.  Imagining keeping a landscape in a way where a fire would behave this way is a more positive vision to work toward which I think is helpful
3 weeks ago
I recommend The Citrus Clonal Protection Program, http://ccpp.ucr.edu/  I just got bud wood for red flesh finger lime.  They are really professional and you know the budwood is clean.
It will be a clone of the scion/graft.  This makes sense right, the grafted part of the tree is creating roots from its own cells.
9 months ago
Canary Island Date is my guess,  Phoenix canariensis.  The thorns at the base of the leaves are an indicator.
10 months ago
The trouble with apples is the malic acid, and other components that make the apples interesting ferment off.  Yes, you could distill it.  At least there would be less of it after distilling.  I have made mead with the addition of black tea for bitterness and lemon for acid.  Similarly, you could add ingredients for bitterness and acid.  Champaign yeast is persistent so it takes a good deal of racking and aging to get rid of the yeast flavor and really taste what you have made.
10 months ago
It could be something stuck in her crop preventing her from eating, hardware can be the cause.  This happened to a duck of mine,  the duck/ drake did shake its head and neck a lot which I think is characteristic behavior.
10 months ago
Definitely interesting work.  I had not seen mention of citrofortunella hybrids like Indio Mandarinquat, the rind is amazing and if you let them hang long enough they are sweet.  I think the smaller leaves also helps them when there is less water.
I found it interesting that mandarins, pomelos, and citrons are all zygotic, since all commercial citrus traces back to these three "parents".

Microcitrus are very interesting too, especially since they have resistance to citrus greening.  Apparently Microcitrus spp. can cross with Citrus ichangensis, see the link below.
http://hortsci.ashspublications.org/content/32/3/440.6.short?related-urls=yes&legid=hortsci;32/3/440-e
The hybrids of the two should be really interesting and cold hardy.
I can't send a purple moosage either.  I could send you  a couple fruits of passiflora edulis "frederick" that would have plenty of seeds.  The plants even pop up as volunteers in my garden.
My understanding is that apples,peaches and nectarines have better success when grafted in the summer from bud wood gather in the winter/dormant(and stored in the fridge in a plastic zip-lock).  I believe the idea is that the graft heals more quickly when there is active growth in the summer.  I have had success with winter grafted pears.  You could try a little bit of winter grafting and leave some bud wood for the summer too.  I would not recommend grafting peaches on the apricot,  plums thrive with alot more types of grafts than peaches and apricots.
11 months ago
Sorghum/ broom corn has weed suppressant properties. You could harvest the leaves and make a mulch that would decompose quicker than wood chips.  Grown in a patch or as an accent it can be chopped and dropped, like comfery.  Right around your Mediterranean and dry land herbs you may want something more mineral than organic. Sometimes lavender is mulched with Oyster shells because it like alkaline soil,  I have used sand right around the stems/trunks of some perennials to facilitate weeding and reduce the chance of rot close to he stem.  Horticultural charcoal, biochar, or stones can also serve as a mulch. I don't like using stones, but it is up to you.
11 months ago